• Scottish Open

Rose seals back-to-back victories

ESPN staff
July 13, 2014
Justin Rose is in form headed into the Open Championship - where he has just one career top 10 finish © PA Photos

Justin Rose will head into next week's Open Championship having won back-to-back titles on either side of the Atlantic after a two-shot win at the Scottish Open.

The 2013 US Open champion turned the last day into a procession, rolling in six birdies and going bogey-free in a six-under 65 on a windless Royal Aberdeen links course that was there for the taking on a day of low scoring.

Rose, who started the day tied for the lead with Marc Warren, eased to a first win in Europe since 2007 and backed up his victory at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional last month that ended a year-long drought going back to the US Open at Merion.

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Unheralded Swede Kristoffer Broberg finished second on 14-under after a 66. That qualified him for a place at the Open at Hoylake, along with other top-10 finishers Tyrrell Hatton and Scott Jamieson.

There were birdies aplenty on Sunday because of the ideal conditions, with Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Chile's Felipe Aguilar breaking the course record with eight-under 63s and deposed champion Phil Mickelson saving his best round for last with a 65.

If players wanted one last tough test before Hoylake, it wasn't going to come as Royal Aberdeen was laid bare with a lack of wind off the North Sea, soft greens and easy pin positions.

Up to No.3 in the world rankings with this 15th professional victory worldwide, Rose is in prime form heading to his home major. And there was no stopping him here.

The Englishman was nerveless in making birdies at two and three - from a combined 40 feet - to power into a two-shot lead over Warren, who was looking to avenge a final-round meltdown at the Scottish Open two years ago.

Rose added three more birdies in the front nine and another at 12, before parring his way home. He had the luxury of being able to soak up the applause as he ambled down the 18th hole, having planted his drive straight down the fairway and his approach onto the centre of the green.

His iron play has been imperious this week, reviving memories of the form he produced during his first - and only - major win 13 months ago.

Rose is making a habit of winning on tough courses, with Royal Aberdeen joining a list that includes Merion, Doral, Valderrama and most recently Congressional.

Mickelson was tied for 11th while Rory McIlroy was left wondering what might have been after a 67 left him tied for 14th. McIlroy carded a seven-over par 78 on Friday.

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